U.S. Wellness November 2006 Newsletter
November 26, 2006

Dear John,

U.S. Wellness Meat farm families express our warmest post Thanksgiving heartfelt gratitude for your loyal patronage year to date for our fledging grass-fed meat and free range poultry endeavors. The struggle to succeed in a tough competitive climate has been both exhilarating and daunting with many post scripts that might end up in book form as the journey continues. Stay tuned!

Again, your patronage is graciously appreciated.

Best regards,

John, Nan, Lee Ann & Julie on behalf of the farm families of U.S. Wellness Meats.

In This Issue
  • On Sale!
  • Breaking News Notes!
  • Strongmen Corner
  • What's Up Doc - by: Dr. Al Sears, MD
  • Kat James Outer Banks Report!
  • $25 Discount For 40 Pound Combinations
  • What Our Customers Are Saying!!
  • Herbal Spiced Shrimp
  • Minimum Purchase Reminder
  • Customer Contact Change Page

  • Please note the selection of grass-fed meats, free range chicken, brown eggs, grass-fed butter, grass-fed raw cheeses, raw honey, certified humane pork, grass-fed goat, organic shrimp, gourmet rabbit, free range bison and wild salmon for the summer grilling season.

    Breaking News Notes!

    U.S. Wellness Meats is pleased to introduce Stephanie Muratori who has assumed the mantle of customer service manager. Ms. Muratori will be learning the ropes and will soon be able to deal with any order or general customer service issue.

    Lee Ann and I will be assisting Stephanie to make sure inbound calls are answered as quickly as possible.

    Speaking of in bound calls, we apologize for several glitches during Thanksgiving week due to moving to new office space in Monticello and attempting to get the bugs out of a new phone system. The phone system won the first round by bouncing some calls into never never land. We have fixed the two most glaring switch errors and expect a much better week ahead. To those of you we offended, we apologize and assure you we had the phone company's full attention on Tuesday afternoon to put a stop to the madness.

    Our friends at Grand Manan Fresh Lobster company report the Fall lobster season is in full swing and will run until early January; unless, mother nature decides to end the season early due to dangerous Winter weather.

    Keep in mind these lobsters will arrive within 36 hours of being pulled from the ocean. Comments from several customers earlier this year indicate these lobsters were off the chart on freshness and flavor. We strongly support the Griffin family as a micro niche industry serving up a world class product.

    Feed back from both the fully cooked organic shrimp and raw organic shrimp has been very positive with brisk sales to date. We will not have the opportunity to re-stock until early January 2007; consequently, we could zero inventory prior to the restock date.

    Grass-fed goat sales were much brisker than we estimated which resulted in an inventory glitch. We apologize for the shortfall and now report all items in stock and more supplies arriving shortly.

    Grass-fed goat is extremely lean for those us you looking for the leanest cuts. Very little intramuscular fat can be found on the grass-fed goats.

    U.S. Wellness has bottled the infamous BBQ sauce we use in the shredded beef with sauce that continues to receive accolades. As soon as we figure out a way to ship the glass pint bottles, the great tasting sauce will be on the web.

    Strongmen Corner
    Jesse Marunde

    Late November finds both Jesse Marunde and Jon Andersen rehabbing from major knee surgeries. The rest of the story is the speed of recovery at which these highly motivated athletes can achieve.

    Jon's surgery occurred first after a serious knee injury occurred competing in Russia. 6 weeks after surgery Mr. Andersen has managed to scale 3000 steps or the height of the Empire State Building in one work out and followed suit with a 600 pound ' farmers walk ' to the absolute astonishment of a highly acclaimed West coast knee surgeon. Hard to keep a good man down.

    Jesse has been collaborating with Jon via phone plotting recovery exercise strategy and reporting similar unbelievable recovery feats of strength and stamina.

    U.S. Wellness believes in the power of attraction and senses world champion feats from both as they roar through the competition on mended knees in 2007.

    What's Up Doc - by: Dr. Al Sears, MD
    Dr. Al Sears

    U.S. Wellness Meats is pleased to feature Dr. Al Sears and his intriguing book, The Doctor's Heart Cure. Today Dr. Sears discusses
    Beat the “Why You Should Enjoy the Sun” .

    Dermatologists and others in the “sun police” have succeeded in scaring people into being afraid of the sun. But since we’ve been avoiding the sun over the last 30 years, the death rate from skin cancer has risen 400%.

    In fact, skin cancer was a rare event before 1930 when most people worked outdoors and ignored the “risk” from the sun. Now it’s the most common cancer. And since our grandparent’s generation, the rate of melanoma – the deadly form of skin cancer – is up 1,800%1.

    Is the sun really responsible? Think about it. The sun is 5 billion years old. It hasn’t changed in recent times. And, our exposure has dramatically decreased over the last 7 decades. So what gives? The real answer lies with other changes in our lifestyles including our diets.

    How Did We Become Overfed Yet Undernourished?

    First, let me clarify. There are actually three kinds of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. Cumulative sun exposure is linked to BCC and SCC. But with early detection, these are rarely fatal. Melanoma is the deadly form and actually has an inverse relationship to sunshine.

    If sunshine were deadly, people who live in sunny climates would suffer the most deaths from skin cancer. But the opposite is true. Those who live in cold, damp climates with little sunshine – like London or Minnesota – have higher rates than those who live in sun-drenched areas like Arizona, New Mexico and Florida.2

    And today, just 10 percent of people work outdoors – compared with 75 percent a hundred years ago. So what accounts for the sudden rise? My answer: we are exposing ourselves to new carcinogens, eating foods that promote skin cancer, and not getting enough of the nutrients that prevent it.

    Deficiencies of Vital Nutrients Are Boosting Your Cancer Risk

    Our change in diet has left us defenseless against the sun’s normally health enhancing rays. Thanks to commercial farming and processing, the nutrients we need to prevent skin cancer are increasingly absent from our food.

    Vitamin D is essential for natural sunlight protection – yet our current levels of vitamin D have fallen dramatically from the time of our grandparents.

    Without antioxidant protection, the sun’s UV light damages fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching. The skin bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal. This damage also lays the groundwork for skin cancer.

    And here’s a real eye-opener: Vitamin C is an essential cofactor for making elastin. So a lack of vitamin C makes your skin vulnerable to damage from the sun’s rays. And we have recently started getting far less Vitamin C in our diets.

    Corporate Greed Drives ‘Fear of the Sun’

    With their stern warnings and dire predictions, you won’t hear many dermatologists – or the $6 billion sunscreen industry – voicing this evidence. But just like the great ‘cholesterol con’ – that tricked so many into fearing cholesterol and swallowing toxic “statin” drugs – their ‘fear of the sun’ campaign is just as ridiculous.

    The real research suggests that the best way to avoid deadly melanoma is to spend more time in the sun. For instance, dozens of studies show that people who work inside – like office workers – have a much higher risk of melanoma than those who work outside – like construction workers and lifeguards.3

    To underscore this point, melanoma commonly occurs in areas that don’t receive any sunlight at all – like the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, under your arms, beneath your fingernails – even inside your nose.

    Exposure to the sun helps your body make vitamin D. Numerous studies prove the cancer-destroying properties of vitamin D. In fact, it causes melanoma cells to self- destruct.4

    One group of scientists at the University of New Mexico found that exposure to the sun helped cancer patients to recover from already established melanoma. So much so, their rate of survival doubled! 5

    Enjoy the Sun and Protect Yourself Naturally

    First, some common sense: Avoid sunburn. It hurts and damages your skin. Second, stop using chemical-based sunscreens – like the ones you get at the drugstore. The chemicals can actually be carcinogenic. If you like, you can find sunscreens available on the Internet that are natural and chemical free.

    Most importantly, it’s critical that you boost your body’s natural defenses. Here are my favorite supplements to help:

    Cod Liver Oil – The lack of healthy omega-3 fatty acids in our diet is one of the primary factors contributing to the rise of skin cancer. Grains, sugars and processed foods and even commercial beef are full of omega-6 fatty acids. Not only are these inflammatory, but they prevent your skin from fighting the sun’s UV rays. Replacing commercial beef with grass-fed beef will achieve the correct omega 6:3 balance.

    A tablespoon of cod liver oil a day will replenish your omega-3 levels and keep your skin looking young and fresh. It will also give you a boost of vitamin D in its most natural form.

    Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found in shrimp, lobsters, salmon, trout and algae. It gives them their red/pinkish color. (Carotenoids are nutrients that protect plants and animals from UV radiation.)

    Astaxanthin is hundreds of times more powerful than most carotenoids and multiplies the effects of vitamin C and E, increasing their antioxidant activity.6 This is one of the best supplements to prevent skin cancer. During periods of prolonged exposure, you can’t beat it. It’s available as a capsule. I recommend 2mg a day with meals.

    Alpha-Lipoic Acid – ALA is a powerful antioxidant that works at all levels – including your skin. Not only does it protect skin cells from free radicals, it protects their mitochondria (the power plant of every cell) and pumps up your cancer defense mechanisms.

    It also preserves collagen and prevents the damage associated with aging skin making your skin more youthful and vibrant. I recommend 200mg to 400mg daily.

    And don’t forget the importance of vitamin C. Take at least 1,000mg a day in 2 doses. 500mg in the morning and 500mg in the evening. For more protection, take up to 4,000mg daily.

    1. Herring J, Ellison S. The Skin Cancer Breakthrough. Soon to be published by Agora Publishing.
    2. Douglass W. Shedding Light on Dermatologist Propaganda. Real Health Breakthroughs. April 2006
    3. Elwood JM, et al. Cutaneous Melanoma in Relation to Intermittent and Constant Sun Exposure – The Western Canada Melanoma Study. Int J Cancer 1985;35:427
    4. Danielsson C, et al. (1998). Differential apoptotic response of human melanoma cells to 1alpha,25- dihydroxyvitamin D3 and its analogues. Cell Death Differ. 5:946.
    5. Berwick M, Armstrong BK, Ben-Porat L, Fine J, Kricker A, Eberle C, Barnhill R. Sun exposure and mortality from melanoma. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2005 Feb 2;97(3):195-9.
    6. www.astaxanthin.org/benefits.htm

    Kat James Outer Banks Report!
    Truth about beauty

    Best selling author, Kat James, and her widely read book "The Truth About Beauty" has some very timely advice for both young and old.

    What fun! John Wood attended 2 days of Kat James class 1 while Julie Graber attended the full week of class 2 near Corolla, North Carolina at a stunning 3 story mansion on the Outer Banks that was a literal stones throw from the surf. Participates threw their sugar habit to the breeze and settled in for a serious tutorial on the real truths about beauty and the simple diet that will open the door. Grass-fed bacon, ground lamb, tenderloin filets, roasts, pre-cooked chuck roast, burger and Vital Choice King salmon were the staples.

    Suggest anyone be interested in a total transformation for 2007 contact Ms. James and get on the waiting list for Outer Banks May 2007.

    $25 Discount For 40 Pound Combinations
    Meat, Lamb, Pork, and Butter

    Do not forget to take advantage of the 40 pound $25 discount by ordering 40 pound combinations of beef, lamb, pork, butter, goat, shrimp and raw cheese. This is our way of saying thank you for purchasing in volume. This can be any combination of products totaling 40 pounds and does not have to be specific to any category. Each 40 pound interval will yield the discount. For example, 80 pounds of product will yield a $50 discount and a 120 pound purchase will yield a $75 discount.

    What Our Customers Are Saying!!

    Hi Mr. Wood,

    I am writing to let you know how totally satisfied I am with your meat products. There are none better! My favorite is the flank steak which I marinate in organic lime juice, garlic, pepper, olive oil and occasionally oregano or basil. Grilled and smoked over pecan wood yields the finest tasting meat on the planet.

    I would like to let you, your family and the other wonderful farm families on your website how much I believe in each and every one of you and what you represent. You are the kind of people we need more of in this world. The words you use to describe what you do and why you do it make me feel really proud to support your efforts.

    I would like to thank the people who package the beef products I buy from you as well as the people who process the orders as every thing is perfectly sent, expertly packaged and handled with care. I do not know who these people are but the are great!

    My best to everyone at U.S. Wellness Meats

    R.L. Austin, TX.

    Herbal Spiced Shrimp
    Shrimp Cooked

    Serves 4
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Total time: 40 minutes


    • 1 medium onion - thinly sliced lengthwise
    • 2 tablespoons virgin cold-pressed coconut oil
    • 1 tablespoon fresh jalapeno, including seeds minced
    • 1 garlic clove minced
    • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
    • 1 Lb. tomatoes cut into 1/2 pieces
    • 1 Lb. large shrimp peeled and de-veined
    • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed


    Cook onion in oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add jalapeño, garlic, and ginger, and cook, stirring until jalapeño is softened and garlic is golden, about 1 minute. Add cumin, coriander, sea salt, and turmeric and cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes break down and sauce is thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.

    Add shrimp and cook, turning occasionally, until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and stir in half of cilantro. Serve sprinkled with remaining cilantro.

    Compliments of Gourmet Magazine

    Minimum Purchase Reminder

    Our new format enacted in April 2005 requires a $75 minimum purchase and a 7 pound minimum combined purchase of beef, lamb, pork, raw cheese, single piece poultry, and butter.

    The issue is the bulk chicken and ten pound cheese bundles originate from separate cold storage centers where those products are produced. It is not efficient to ship one package of beef as a stand alone item when the balance of the order originates 400 miles away.

    The shopping cart will keep track and remind you if you are under the 7 pound limit for a combination of beef, lamb, pork, raw cheese and butter purchases. Red font will appear under the shopping cart if you are under the minimum price or pound requirements

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    Need to change your address information or remove yourself from our customer newsletter? Click here. After opening, enter your email address and store password and you will be able to edit your customer file.

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    T-bone 8 pack bundle 15% sale will run until midnight December 2, 2006 CST.

    Secondly, 25 one pound packages in bundle Box 4AL will be discounted 12% through midnight December 2, 2006 CST.

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